Culture, Arts & Music

Port Fairy and Surrounds Festivals and Events

Plan your stay in the region around its events. From the annual Port Fairy Folk Festival, a toe tapping, thigh slapping march weekend bursting with world renowned talent to Winter Weekends, which celebrates food, art, community & environment.  

Moyneyana Festival

When: December 24 – 26 January
Location: Port Fairy

The Moyneyana Festival ensures the phrase ‘I’m bored’ is never spoken, with all ages activities and music being rolled out daily. The Festival starts with a free BBQ, Santa and a sing-a-long on Christmas Eve. On New Year’s Eve the streets are lined with locals and visitors enjoying the vibrant colours and creativity of the old fashioned decorated float parade, followed by live music and fire-works into the night. Each day there are different events to suit all ages, like the duck derby on the river, classic wooden boats and much more. 

Koroit Truck Show

When: January
Location: Koroit

The event includes, truck show & shine, live music, camping, bar, food, market stalls, truckie 50m sprint, car/bike show and kids entertainment. $10,000 in trophies and prizes on offer, including $1000 cash plus $2500 in goods for Rig of the Show.

Orford Vintage Engine Rally

When: January
Location: Orford

The Rally features a ute muster, tractor pull, vintage cars, trucks, and motorbikes display, shearing competition, blade shearing display, light show, live band, and stall holders. Campers welcome. Fully catered. Gates open 9am both days.

Commonwealth Sheepdog Trials

When: February
Location: Port Fairy Gardens Oval

Novice, open and improver trials will be held over a period of one week. Also includes the Australian Dog of the Year and the Trans-Tasman trial.

Port Fairy Jazz Festival

When: February
Location: Port Fairy

Jazz comes alive in the most liveable community each February. The Port Fairy Jazz Festival is a not for profit festival and organisation run entirely by volunteers, promoting all genres of jazz music in the picturesque surrounds of Port Fairy.

Every heart beats true at this three-day festival including workshops, open mics, dancing and jam sessions with music from more than 120 bands.

Port Fairy Folk Festival

When: March
Location: Port Fairy

Forty thousand people descend on Port Fairy each Labour Day long weekend in March to experience the toe tappin’, thigh slappin’ Port Fairy Folk Festival – a world famous independent music festival featuring jazz, blues, folk, acoustic, country, rock, and bluegrass music. 

Local performers and international artists showcase their talents across the four day event. From the formal main stage performances to the informal street busking, there is something for everyone. The festival has a mix of ticketed and free events featuring all musical genres.  

Music in the Vines

When: March
Location: Macarthur

Macarthur’s community run Music in the Vines Festival is a one-day event with a great line-up of regional artists, local food, and wines from the Henty Wine Region held at the Suffoir Winery & Brewery two kilometers west of Macarthur. The festival also hosts an emerging talent competition, with young and up-and-coming acts and bands invited to enter, perform at the festival, and go in the running for prizes.

Buses will be running to this is family-friendly festival from Hamilton, Warrnambool, Port Fairy, Hawkesdale, Portland and Heywood showcasing what the Macarthur region has to offer.

Koroit Irish Festival

When: April/May
Location: Koroit

Koroit Irish Festival celebrates all that’s Irish in this little patch of green in south west Victoria. The festival, hosted around the small town of Koroit, goes for three days every April. The festival host a stack of live Irish music, dancing, the Australian Danny Boy Championship, kids activities and street entertainment. 

Port Fairy Winter Weekends

When: June and July
Location: Port Fairy

The Port Fairy Winter Weekends is a celebration of Port Fairy’s history, culture and community over a series of weekends. Events are held across two themed series of weekends throughout June and July. The weekends celebrate food, wine, arts, performance and music community, showcasing the winter romance of Port Fairy’s ….. 

Highlights of the festival include the markets, a gourmet lunch, art installations, roving entertainment and plenty of kid friendly activities. 

Port Fairy Spring Music Festival

When: October
Location: Port Fairy

The Port Fairy Spring Music Festival was created in 1990 by the late British / Australian composer Michael Easton ARAM and the pianist Len Vorster and has been staged as an annual regional music festival since then. 

The classical music-themed event draws top Australian and overseas artists to perform in small and intimate venues. Featuring music both traditional and new, and performers who are well known as well as young emerging musicians, it promises to be a fantastic weekend.

Port Fairy Annual Show

When: November
Location: Port Fairy Showgrounds

A traditional country show with all the events and displays that we love. Includes competitions for cakes, flowers, vegetables, craft and a whole lot more, plus rides, horse events, cows, pets, trade displays and many other great activities.

Mortlake Cup Race Day

When: 1st Saturday in November
Location: Mortlake

Experience the colour, atmosphere and excitement of the Derby Day bet365 Mortlake Cup. IGet up close to the horses and jockey’s in the mounting yard, and try and land a winner on the day in our much-loved bookie ring.

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